Let's flash back nearly 2 years ago to the eve of the 2013 NHL Draft. Brodeur and Hedberg were our goalies, we still had Kovalchuk and Clarkson. At that time, we had no plan for the future between the pipes, which of course got solved the next day. It seems like Kinkaid at the very least is a good backup.
Defensively, we were rolling out a combination of Greene, Volchenkov, Tallinder, Fayne , Sal, Harrold and an underachieving Larsson. Larsson's protections look much better at this point, Severson looks great, Merrill has the stuff to be a top 4dman.
So that's two out the positions where the future outlook is much brighter.
Unfortunately, Kovy left, Clarkson is gone, Josefson/Tedenby haven't met expectations. Boucher has been up and down in the minors, Matteau, Quenneville have been disappointments. FA has been a mixed bag at best and more realistically, a major bummer.
My point, let's see what they can do while devoting most of their assets to the offense. Lord knows, this team has been unwatchable for awhile.
Idk about all this. I wouldn't say that the young player such as Matteau or Boucher, disappointing so far? Yeah but there's still hope. Queneville hasn't even seen time in the pros yet.